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Getting around by car

Having your own car is the ideal way to get around Nova Scotia.(©tcp909, flickr.com)

Having your own car is the ideal way to get around Nova Scotia.

Travelling by car is one of the best ways to see Nova Scotia.

With a car, you have complete freedom to explore the province, including many rural areas not served by public transport.

You can rent a car in Nova Scotia, drive your own here from New Brunswick or bring your car on a ferry.

The main ferry services are from:

However you get here, don’t forget to follow the road rules.

In winter, give yourself lots of time to travel in case you’re delayed by bad weather and make sure you come with snow tires.

In 1 hour, you can drive from Halifax to:

Lunenburg – Charming fishing village
Mahone Bay
– One of Canada’s prettiest towns
Shubenacadie – Feed deer at the wildlife park
Wolfville – Shopping, cafes and Acadia University
Truro – See the Tidal Bore

It’s 2 hours or less to:

Digby – Try some scallops
New Glasgow – Famous for festivals
Parrsboro – Go rockhounding and discover dinosaurs
Pictou – Climb aboard The Hector to learn about the first Scottish settlers

It’s 3-4 hours to:

Antigonish – Celidhs and Saint Francis Xavier University
Shelburne – Catch a taste of Loyalist history
Yarmouth – Get the ferry to Maine and see Cape Forchu

Allow 5-6 hours to:

Baddeck – Lake Bras d’Or and the Alexander Graham Bell museum
Louisbourg – Visit the historic French fortress

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